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[June 8, 2017 | No Comment | ]

SWITZERLAND – On March 14, Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) member Rev. James Luke was invited to present in Geneva at an event entitled “Christians in Pakistan Under Threat.” The event was organized on the sidelines of the 34th session of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Rev. Luke is the LCC East District’s Intercultural Missionary at Large to the Greater Toronto Area and a retired Captain of the Pakistani Army.
Other members of the panel included Naveed Walter, the founder of Human Rights Focus …


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[March 24, 2017 | One Comment | ]

CAMBODIA – Work to build a new Lutheran church body in Cambodia continues apace.
Church members in Cambodia applied to the government at the end of January to register anew church body under the name Cambodia Lutheran Church (CLC). Provincial authorities in Kompot gave their approval on February 21. From there, the CLC passed the registration to the Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia on February 22, as this entity must also indicate their approval for new Protestant church bodies in Cambodia.
Following that process, the registration passed to the federal level for approval …


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[March 8, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – The heads of several Lutheran churches in the former Soviet Union recently met together in Ukraine for the Eastern European Bishops Conference, along with the heads of their North American partner churches—including President Robert Bugbee of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC).
The conference, held in Odessa in late February, was hosted by the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (DELKU) and its Bishop Sergey Maschewski. DELKU, long associated with the state (territorial) Lutheran churches of Germany, has in recent years begun aligning itself with more conservative bodies like The Lutheran Church—Missouri …


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[February 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CHICAGO – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is planning for its upcoming Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music conference, and is inviting Lutheran Church–Canada members to participate. This year’s event takes its cue from the upcoming Reformation anniversary with the theme “The Just Live by Faith—Make this Plan in Sermon, Service, Song.” It will take place at Concordia University Chicago (CUC) from July 25-28, 2017.
The triennial event offers pastors, church musicians, and all who are passionate about the Church’s worship an opportunity to be refreshed in Word, song, and …


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[February 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WORLD – Open Doors, an international ministry that attends to the needs of persecuted Christians has published the latest edition of its World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries where being a believer in Jesus Christ is most dangerous.
North Korea remains at the top of the list, a position it has held for 15 years. Christians there cannot show any public expression of their faith, and doing so will find them imprisoned or executed. Somalia is in second place due to continued Islamic radicalism and political dysfunction. The same …


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[February 6, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – Beginning in January 2016, Bishop Alexander Urchenko of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) and other Ukrainian pastors began making regular visits to inmates of the prison in Nikolaev. That outreach has made a significant impact, with more than 27 people confessing faith in Jesus Christ and 19 of them baptized by October 2016.
From January through October, pastors made more than 30 visits to the prison, leading 24 worship services for converts to Christianity. The group also held three outreach events for the entire prison, …


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